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Pearl Upper School

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Posted February 24, 2012

My grand daughter attends this school, she comes home crying 3 or 4 times a week.


Posted April 16, 2010

I have had three children go through the Upper Elementary, and couldn't be more please. They have always provided a safe learning enviroment and quality programs. My children loved the variety offered in their special classes. Music was so much more than just sitting in a chair singing from a book. They had the oppertunity to play actual instruments, such as drums, guitars and xylophones. One of the best P.E. programs around. Each of my children has experienced the growth of this program from an empty gym that was brand new to a climbing wall, Dance, Dance Revolution, and archery just to name a few of the things they have going on. The library teachers really challenged my children to read more with the special program they have offered over the years. Jr. Great Books, Battle of the Book & the AR program are great motivator for young readers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

Wonderful school with caring teachers and administration. When you visit you see a very clean building with friendly staff and happy children. The children learn in a safe environment. There are school rules which are enforced fairly. Music and PE teachers are outstanding!


Posted October 26, 2009

I have a daughter who goes to Pearl Upper Elementary. They have provided her with excellent opportunities to learn about music, computers, science, PE, library systems and the other subjects. I am so impressed with their ability to create well-rounded students in every subject matter.
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Posted August 18, 2005

I have a son at Pearl Upper Elementary and had a daughter go through the school. It is a great school with many new and innovative programs. Students learn guitar in Music and rock-climbing in P.E. The Library program promotes reading with a reading incentive program called Battle of the Books. Students are allowed to talk at lunch and there is even classical music playing in the background. The hand clasps while walking down the hall is a program called Brain Gym. Recess is 20 minutes everyday . We have had a great experience at this school and my children have loved their teachers. Pearl Schools aren't for everyone because they do have a district-wide discipline policy that they adhere to. They do not tolerate misbehavior and it shows in the learning environment they have created for the students in their care. A great place to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2005

Pearl Upper Elementary is a great school with many new and innovative programs. The hand clasps in the hallway is a program called 'Brain Gym'. Do your research, the school did before they implemented it. Recess is 5 days a week (20 minutes) and Music, Library and P.E. are once a week. They do learn to play guitar in Music and the kids do rock climbing (on a brand new rock climbing wall!) in P.E. The Library program promotes reading with a reading incentive program called Battle of the Books. My kids love it! Pearl Schools aren't for everyone. Yes, they do stand behind their staff and teachers when problems arise. Misbehavior is not tolerated and shouldn't be in any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

Hmmm...well I have a child in Pearl Upper and he has never said anything about having to clasp his hands in the hall. Many schools require the children to place one finger to their mouth and the other in the air. This is to ensure order...you know, the kids keeping their hands to themselves and not talking. The lunches aren't any worse than they were when I was a child but my kid takes his lunch if he doesn't like what's on the menu. And they are allowed to talk at lunch...quietly. If it gets out of hand then they are not to talk. Recess...in 4th grade...is once a week. But considering they get out at 2:30, no big deal again. The academics are good. My son is finally being challenged.He has even been placed in a higher reading class. They teach guitar in music and have a great PE prgram
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Posted February 19, 2005

We moved here temporarily with our twins until we could build in Brandon. After five months we are getting out NOW! There is no recess. The children are told to clasp their hands and bring them up to their chins when walking in the halls. No talking ever...not even at lunch. Their lunches? Do yourself a favor. Request a menu from Brandon Elementary and then one from Pearl...compare. The lunches are HORRIBLE! There's no rewards programs of any kind. One of our children is in the gifted program there and that's the only down time he has all week. We've had numerous meetings with the principal, teachers and staff...even one with the Superintendent. They all side with each other and nothing ever gets done. We feel the teachers are rude, harsh and one of my twins said he's only seen his teacher smile once all year! Run quickly!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 89% in 2012.

283 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%
Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests


Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Science Test (MST) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MST is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 46%
Black 34% 50%
Hispanic 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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180 Mary Ann Dr
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: (601) 932-7981

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